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Zimbabwe Social Partners

Involving social partners - government, trade unions, employers and civil society organizations - in programme design and implementation is critical to building the consensus and partnership that makes the ILO Skills Programme succeed. It also creates additional value for social partner investments in good worker protection and industry competitiveness in local and global value chains.

At national and local levels, the Skills Programme facilitates training on programme tools and methodologies as well as exposure to local and regional good practices. The chief motive is to build national and local capacity and capability to design and implement skills training programs for youth employment and rural development.

The institutional framework and implementation mechanism of the Skills Programme consists of a tripartite national steering committee (NSC) and technical working group (TWG) who provide policy influence, implementation advice and guidance as well as district implementation committees (DIC) at grassroots level with the ILO acting as a Secretariat. These tripartite structures hold periodic progress meetings, embark on programme site visits and participate in study tours. The Ministry of Youth leads and chairs the NSC and TWG. EMCOZ and ZCTU are co-chairs. At grassroots level, the DIC is led and chaired by the District Administrator under the Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Planning with the assistance of a field officer.

In addition, a youth skills and employment desk has been established within the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) and Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenization and Empowerment to spearhead local ownership, sustainability and integration into national policies and programmes so that skills development continues to be seen by government and social partners as a viable strategy to tackle youth unemployment and rural development.